2011 Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rose
Producer: Chateau de Pibarnon
Grape Type: Mourvedre
92 Points | International Wine Cellar , July 2012
(a 50/50 blend of mourvedre and cinsault): Light orange. Pungent, spice-accented aromas of dried red fruits, orange peel and lavender. Fresh and racy on entry, then fuller in the middle, offering powerful red fruit and citrus flavors and a touch of candied anise. Finishes rich but dry, with firm grip, excellent length and lingering floral and spice notes.
Provence, which stretches from Nîmes to Nice, is best known as a bottomless source of pink wine. But across the region, numerous Provence appellations produce highly distinctive red wines that express multiple variations on a ripe, Southern theme; the most famous appellation is Bandol, which is noted for powerful game- and earth-scented red wines based on the sturdy, late-ripening Mourvedre grape.
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A sparsely planted variety found predominantly in the southern Rhone, Provence, and elsewhere near the Mediterranean coast, Mourvedre is best known for its place in powerful game and earth-scented reds. One is mostly likely to encounter the grape in wines from the southern Rhone. Here, Mourvedre takes its place blended with...
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